Baby Shopping List For First Time Moms – What Do You Really Need?
Being a first-time mom, it was overwhelming searching through the internet to find out what your baby will need. I can totally relate, I was like that during my first pregnancy. There were tons of list of things you need for a new baby available online that didn’t agree with each other. One website was saying I need this; but another one was saying I don’t. It would be absolutely helpful to have a newborn baby shopping list from a mom who’s been there. So today, I want to share with you the ultimate new baby checklist which has all the must-haves and the nice to haves.
Having a newborn baby needs checklist really helped me get organized in my preparation for the arrival of my precious little one. Which is why I want to share with you the most essential things a newborn baby needs, which will hopefully guide you to determine all your baby registry must haves. I’ve been through 2 pregnancies (but still by no means an expert) so I know what worked for us and what didn’t (although please keep in mind that what worked for us might not work for you).
Baby Registry Checklist
In this baby checklist, I will be listing down all the essentials we used for both baby and Mommy, as well as the ones that we could have done without. I will also include some nice to have items that are completely optional. You can also download the baby checklist in PDF by clicking on the download button found below the image of the checklist below or the download button found towards the end of this post.
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New Baby Checklist
Listed below are all the baby must haves, as well the optional ones, that you need to get before the baby arrives.
Below is your baby registry checklist for all things related to feeding your baby.
- 4 oz. feeding bottles – We got 6 of them to use for the first few months. Either breast feeding (especially if you plan on using a breast pump or having dad or other family members help you out feeding your baby) or formula feeding, you will need feeding bottles. These feeding bottles are what we used and loved them. They also come in blue and pink. Note: If you are planning to breast feed though, make sure that you get those kinds of feeding bottle nipple that feels like Mom’s breast so your baby doesn’t get confused.
- 9 oz. feeding bottles – We got 8 of them. These feeding bottles are what we used and loved them. They also have a starter set which comes with 4 oz. and 8 oz. feeding bottles. The starter set also comes in pink and blue.
- Feeding bottle nipples – You will need different level of nipples during your baby’s first year. Start with the first level of nipple for the first few months. And when your baby seems to be irritated because they couldn’t drink enough milk, it’s time to switch them to the next level.
- Burp cloths – You will need a ton of these especially during the first few months. I love this type of burp cloths because they’re big and more absorbent than the thinner ones.
- Bibs – You need the cloth ones for the first few months, then the plastic ones when they start eating solid food. These stylish bandana bibs for boys and girls are so cute. These plastic bibs are what you’ll need when they’re a little bit older.
- Boppy pillow – You could use this when breastfeeding or to elevate your baby’s head while playing with him/her to give him/her a new view or use as a support when your baby’s learning how to sit. We got this boppy pillow and loved it. It also comes with a pillow case.
- Boppy pillow case – 2 of these should be enough. This is a cute case for boys or girls.
- Bottle and nipple brush – To wash your feeding bottles and nipples properly, you’re going to need this. We used this brush and loved it.
- Sterilizer – To make sure that your feeding bottles and nipples are fully clean, you’re going to need a sterilizer. We used this sterilizer and loved it.
- Bottle warmer – We used this for a few months when warming up their milk but this is completely optional. We used an older version of this bottle warmer.
- Drying rack – This drying rack is what we have and we still use it.
- Steamer – Once your baby starts eating solid, and if you prefer to make your own rather than buy from the store, you will need a steamer to cook their food. We have something like this stainless steel steamer.
- Food processor – You can use this to puree cooked veggies/fruits/meat. Later on, you can also use this to make your own squeezable pouches. (Yes, you can make your own if you prefer.) You just have to get a squeeze station for that. We got this mini food processor and still use it.
- High chair – This is an absolute baby must have, especially when they start to eat solid food. There are those that converts from high chair to a booster chair; get those instead of the traditional high chairs so you can get a lot of use out of it. This high chair is what we got and we still use it now that they’re 3 and 4 years old.
Below are the newborn baby products you will need for all things related to dressing baby up.
- Side snap tops – These are an absolute baby must have during the first few days until the cord falls off. We got a combination of short (5) and long (4) sleeve ones. These short sleeves and long sleeves sets are exactly what you’ll need.
- Pants – Around 5-7 should be enough. These pants for boys or girls are so cute.
- Onesies – I like to have tons of extra of these; around 10-14 worked for us; but if you want less (which is fine too), maybe around 5-7 should work for you. These onesies for boys or girls are so adorable.
- Sleep & plays – Around 5-7 should be enough. These sleep & plays for boys or girls are what you’ll need.
- Mittens – These are used to prevent the little ones from scratching themselves. I love the ones we have in Manila (I had to ask a friend and my Dad to get some for the babies) because you can control how loose or tight you want them to be to make sure they don’t fall off. You’ll need these mittens for boys or girls.
- Socks – Around 5-7 pairs should be enough. Here are some socks for boys or girls.
- A few outfits for dressing up (optional). But if you really want to, these are some adorable options for boys or girls.
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Below is your newborn baby needs checklist for all things related to baby’s sleep.
- Crib/Bassinet/Pack ‘n Play – We wanted to co-sleep with our daughter but we only have a small room so we decided to get a Pack ‘n Play. We opted for the Pack ‘n Play instead of the bassinet because, for me, it’s not that practical to get a bassinet which we’ll only be able to use for 2-3 months and would just end up in our storage; we could use Pack ‘n Play beyond that and we could also bring it with us when we travel. We also got a crib and put it in the second bedroom for when our daughter is older and we’re comfortable having her sleep in her own room. (Oh! There were tears on the first night that happened and it wasn’t my daughters; mine.) We got this pack ‘n play but we didn’t get to use the changer & napper; so you might be able to get away with the simpler version.
- Crib sheets – We got 5 so we have tons of extra just in case any accidents happen. This crib sheets for boys or girls are really cute.
- Waterproof mattress covers – We got 2 so we have an extra just in case there’s a spit up or our baby threw up or wet his/her crib. We got something similar to this mattress cover.
- White noise machine – This is something that we wouldn’t be able to live without. It keeps our babies sleeping longer and soundly. We were given this baby shusher during our baby shower but it stopped working after a few months. So we got something similar to this white noise machine, when our first one stopped working. I absolutely recommend getting a white noise machine. Put this in your baby must have list.
- Swaddling blankets – Using swaddling cloths, I tried to learn how to swaddle a baby before my first baby was born. I used a stuffed toy that’s as big as a baby and it was very easy so I thought it was just a piece of cake. But as soon as you have a crying and squirming baby that’s trying to get out of the swaddle, fixing the swaddle can get very challenging. And it also kept me awake at night because I would constantly check if our daughter was able to get out of her swaddle because if she did, she might accidentally cover her face with it. These swaddling blankets are a life-saver!!! It makes swaddling so much easier! I LOVE the Halo ones because once they’ve outgrown the swaddling phase, I can still use it as a wearable blanket. This swaddling blanket is a good gender-neutral option.
- Wearable blankets (without the option to swaddle) – Once our babies outgrew the swaddling blankets, we got 2 wearable blankets. This wearable blanket is a good gender-neutral option.
Below is your newborn baby needs checklist for all things related to diapers.
- Diapers – We used disposable diapers and we got a small pack of each brand to test with my babies’ skin. Their skin loves Honest diapers. (Bonus for the cute designs!!!) If you are going to use cloth diapers though, make sure you have enough of them since they pee and poop a lot especially during the first few months (my son pooped every after feeding during his first month). TIP: If you’re interested to try the Honest diapers, you can sign up here which gives you $10 off your first purchase and your free trial of the diaper (includes diaper and wipes) or essential bundle. You can also try Amazon Prime for free for 30 days and do their Subscribe & Save to save more on the diapers.
- Baby wipes – We got a small pack of each brand to test and loved the Honest wipes as well. TIP: If you want to try the Honest wipes, you can sign up here which gives you $10 off your first purchase and your free trial of the diaper (includes diaper and wipes) or essential bundle. You can also try Amazon Prime for free for 30 days and do their Subscribe & Save to save more on the wipes.
- Cotton balls – A Mommy friend of mine suggested a great idea to make cleaning poop easier that I will share with you as well. Use the wipes to clean the bigger area and use cotton balls dipped in water for the smaller ones. It does work and it’s easier too especially when I get down to the skin folds.
- Diaper rash cream – This is another area where you have to try it on your baby’s skin and see which will work best. We did that and loved the Noodle & Boo Ultimate Ointment. It was the only thing that healed our babies rashes right away.
- Diaper pail and refill – Don’t rely on the traditional trash can because the diaper pails worked AMAZING in masking the unwanted smell of poop-y diapers. We got a similar (older version I believe) diaper pail, and always get our refills here.
- Changing table – We went for a design that we could re-purpose into something else after our kids have outgrown it. We got something similar to this changing table and we still use it for storage in the kids’ playroom.
- Changing pad – Carefully check the measurements of your changing pad against the measurements of your changing table. We got a changing pad that was bigger than our changing table so we ended up returning it and got a smaller one. Good thing the return policy here in the U.S. is really good. We got something similar to this changing pad.
- Changing pad covers – We got 6 so we have tons of extra. During the first few months is when they tend to pee on you A LOT, especially if you have a son. At some point during the first 3 months after my son arrived, we had to go through 6 changing pad covers within a span of 1 week. This changing pad is an adorable gender-neutral option.
Below are your baby registry must haves for all things related to bathing your baby.
- Bath tub with a sling – You will need the sling for the first few months when your baby isn’t able to sit properly yet. We got something similar to this bath tub and we couldn’t be happier with it. We were able to use this until my kids were 1 year old.
- Bath soap – We tried several different brands but my daughter’s skin loved the Noodle & Boo 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash. My son’s skin is so much more sensitive than my daughter’s so he could only use the Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo.
- Wash cloth – This is a good gender-neutral wash cloth option.
- Towel – Hooded towels are the best! We’ve tried cheaper ones but they aren’t absorbent at all; so we learned from that and invested in quality hooded towels. These are adorable hooded towels for girls or boys.
- Body lotion – We tried several different brands but loved the lotion from Noodle & Boo for my daughter (but as she grew, her skin changed and this lotion stopped working for her); and we couldn’t use anything on my son’s very sensitive skin other than Vaseline.
Below is your new baby shopping list for all things related to traveling or going out with your baby.
- Car seat – A Mommy friend of mine has told me that the hospitals won’t release your baby if your baby won’t properly fit in the car seat. I googled around and it seems to be true so we ended up getting the infant car seat instead of the convertible ones (more practical because you get to use it for a longer period of time) because we just didn’t want to risk it. If you’re buying a second-hand car seat, make sure that it hasn’t been involved in an accident. This is the car seat that we’ve tried and loved. If you’re looking for a convertible car seat, now that my babies are a little bit bigger, this is what we use now and love it so much.
- Blankets – We got 3 for summer and 3 for winter. I used them when your baby’s in the stroller or in the car seat. I’ve also used these in the car when the car window sun shade we bought isn’t enough. You can get fleece blankets here and here; summer blankets here and here.
- Carrier – We were supposed to get the BabyBjorn ones but a Mommy friend of mine told me not to because it could cause Hip Dysplasia in babies. I googled around and found a bunch of articles and blogs where people are convinced that it’s true. I don’t know if there’s enough evidence to support their claim or not but I just don’t want to risk it so I looked for other options. We decided to go with the Ergobaby carrier. Our babies loved it!!! When I had my daughter, it was the only thing that would let me get things done around the house because she always wanted to be held. Now that we have 2 kids, we still use it especially if we’re going out for a walk or during our recent trip to the National Zoo. My daughter, who’s currently 2, still loves being in it. They’ve recently released a newer version of the carrier, Ergobaby 360, that allows you to carry your baby in an ergonomic front-facing position.
- Stroller – You might want to check out strollers that are compatible with your infant car seat to make it easier for you to transport your baby in and out of the car. This is a good stroller option which already has a compatible car sea.
- Formula container – You’re going to need one if you’re formula feeding. This formula container is a good gender-neutral option.
- Baby bag – I chose a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag so I can still use it after my baby has outgrown it. I got this diaper bag in a different print, but this is a good cheaper option.
- Pouches – (optional) Around 2-3 pouches to help you keep things organized in your baby bag. I have one for diapers and another one for extra clothes. This pouch set is a good option.
- Sun hat – You’ll need it in summer.
- Cardigan – If you’re going out in winter, a couple of these should be enough.
- Light/Puffer jacket/Bunting – If you’re going out in fall or winter, you’ll need one of these.
- Car window sun shade – This is what we got and we’re still currently using them.
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Below is your new baby checklist for all the others things you baby needs that aren’t mentioned above like toys and first aid kit.
- Humidifier – This helps if they have colds especially in the winter.
- First aid bag
- Nasal aspirator– We have the nasal aspirator from the hospital and got another one from Target but we found that the Nosefrida works best for suctioning mucus.
- Saline drops – The babies hate it but it really helps them, if used with a nasal aspirator, when they are congested.
- Tylenol – I am hoping you won’t need to use this but it’s very convenient to keep this handy just in case you would. This is really helpful when they have fever. Note: Please check with your doctor for the correct dosage.
- Nail clipper or nail file
- Play gym
- Baby toys
- Swing (optional)
- Bouncer (optional)
- Nursery decoration (optional)
- Laundry detergent – Since baby’s skin are so sensitive, we decided to get our kids their own laundry detergent, a milder one than what we use.
For the Mommy
Below is your pregnancy checklist for all things that Mommy will need when the new baby arrives.
- Breast pump – You’ll need this if you plan to breast feed and go back to work. You could also use this to try and increase your supply. Check your insurance, you might be able to get one for free.
- Nipple cream – You’ll need this especially during the first few days.
- Extra breast pump parts – It’s just so convenient to have extra pump parts.
- Nursing cover
- Nursing bra – During pregnancy, your ribs and cup size expand a few times. Don’t go and start getting yourself new bras the moment they feel too tight. Check first if it’s the cup size or the band that’s causing the discomfort. If your current cup size is still correct but the band is too tight, I suggest getting those bra extenders and use it until you’re a cup size bigger. In the event that you need to get new bras, I suggest getting nursing bras instead so you can use them even after you’ve given birth (if you plan to breast feed).
- Pregnancy clothes – I opted not to buy any maternity clothes for both pregnancies because I didn’t want to spend money on something I won’t be able to use after I’ve given birth. (And they’re expensive too!) I invested in dresses that doesn’t have a fixed waistline (midi and maxi), empire cut or loose tops, leggings, and pants that have elastic waist. At home, I just used my husband’s shirts. See if that’s something that could work for you as well. Check this out if you’re interested to know more about it.
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Did you find this baby registry checklist useful? For the experienced moms out there, what are some of the items that should be in the newborn baby shopping list? What other things did you end up needing that’s not in this list? I’d love to hear from all of you.